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“I think you can do your article by thinking about the film for yourself. I’m not the writer. I have already done the film—so now it’s your work.” – Director Chantal Akerman

The outpouring of loss in response to the death of Belgian experimental and influential (so influential that I think it will be a generation before we really can get a handle on it) has been intense and personal. People feel … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chantal Akerman

The news of the death of pioneering Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, came as a shock this morning. Even worse, it is being reported as a suicide (although I’ve read different reports), which, if true, is just heart-breaking and awful. Akerman … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Barbara Meek

Growing up in Rhode Island, the Tony-Award-winning regional theatre Trinity Repertory Company, located in Providence, was an engrained part of my childhood. I saw productions there every year. Every year they put on a production of A Christmas Carol, with … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Dean Jones

Dean Jones was a Disney star who appeared in all of the movies I watched as a kid. He was a familiar face by the time I was 7 years old. Herbie the Love Bug, I mean, come on. That … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robert Conquest

Robert Conquest, one of the most important and influential historians of the 20th century (who started out as a poet, the guys he palled around with were Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin) has died at the age of 98. His … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Vincent Bugliosi

Most famous for successfully prosecuting Charles Manson and his murderous “family,” Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi has died at the age of 80. “It was so quiet, one of the killers would later say, you could almost hear the sound … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mary Ellen Mark

My first job was as a page at a local library. I would go there after school, shelve books for a couple of hours, and then head home. I ended up working there all through high school. Because one of … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Anne Meara

Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara If you look at Anne Meara’s IMDB page, you will see that unlike other elderly actors (especially actresses), there is no “gap” in her career. There are no “off” years. She had steady reliable gigs, … Continue reading

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R.I.P. B.B. King

Two “King”s. Backstage at Ellis Auditorium, Memphis. Legendary bluesman B.B. King has died at the age of 89. A long life and a six-decade career. He toured constantly, almost up until the very end. The news had come that his … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Albert Maysles

The death of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles comes at a coincidental moment almost too good to be believed: The famous 1975 documentary he co-directed with his brother David, Grey Gardens, is – at least in New York – starting a … Continue reading

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